Friday, February 22, 2013

Unknown Soldier - Challenges - J.D. Coughlan


Panel 1: The Unknown Soldier (classic WW2 version) sits at a table with a small light above illuminating him. He seems worried.

UNKNOWN: This... This all seems like something out of a fantasy novel...

Panel 2: Closer on the Soldier. He gestures, indicating something large, but stares off into the distance.

UNKNOWN: It was just supposed to be a routine espionage mission...

UNKNOWN: But when I got into the Nazi base, I saw this... machine.

Panel 3: Again, the Soldier looks off into the distance. His shoulders are shrugged, making him look defeated.

UNKNOWN: They talked about how they were losing the war, how this machine would extend the Third Reich...

UNKNOWN: As they activated it and stepped inside... what else could I do but follow them... Stop them...

Panel 4: The Soldier looks up at someone off-panel.

UNKNOWN: And now I'm here, in this strange place, with no idea what happened to those Nazi officers.

PROF. HALEY (O.P.): Don't worry, soldier...

Panel 5: Wide panel, showing who the Soldier is looking at: The Challengers of the Unknown. They stand proudly, with Prof. Haley prominent, smoking his obligatory scientist pipe.

PROF. HALEY: We have some experience... with the unknown.

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4 comments:

  1. Anyone else see Darwyn Cooke in his "New Frontier" vibe drawing this?...
    Here's why I dig this...it completely taps into that early 70's Robert Kanigher vibe, and at the same time that Jack Kirby / Joe Kubert mash-up inspired crazy pseudo-science adventuring...
    Neat-o page, JD!

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    1. Thanks! I'll admit, I based this purely on the fact that they both have "unknown" in their names, but the more I thought about it, the more I realised that, as you said, this is something they probably would have done. And for the same flimsy reason too.

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  2. Definitely a Silver Age kinda vibe with this one. Nice!

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  3. Unexpected direction for the character, but it totally works. This is fun idea played really well on the page. As Dan said it has a great Silver Age vibe to it.

    Also Ray nailed it with the Darwyn Cooke call thats exactly how the page looked when I was reading.

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